Archive for September, 2009

Went For a Drive

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Last night I wanted to go for a drive, now that my car was working. I headed north on Lankershim until I couldn’t go north anymore, then I jogged over to the west and continued north again, then I wrapped around to the east on the other side of the hills and came back around the long way through Glendale. Got good and lost and had a wonderful time just going on dead reckoning. Luckily, it was near sunset so I could always tell which way was west. Here’s a map of my travels:

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I generally avoided highways until I was done wandering and decided it was time to head back to base. Also, I wanted to drive fast. =)

Car’s Fixed!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Yay! I got my car fixed!

This morning I got up at 7 to get my car towed to my mechanic. After an hour, he calls me back and tells me it’s the battery cable header that was causing all the trouble. Fixed and good to go with parts and labor only $50! I consider it a red-letter day when I can get out of the mechanic’s for under $200, so this was just fantastic! The tow was free too, cuz of our membership in AAA. Better outcome than I’d even hoped for.

So in short, my banzai blue baby still lives. Go car go!

My Damn Car… Again!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Once again, I’m having car troubles. This time it seems to be something electrical. Here’s what happened:

I went grocery shopping. First to Trader Joes for some wine, then to Hows for our usual groceries. After getting back to the car, I went to start it up and nothing. Everything shuts down. The lights on the dash lit dimly, but that’s it. No engine turning over, nothing. If I open/close the door after a moment, the car seems to reset and dome light comes back on and I can put the car in accessories mode and the radio works, etc. I can even put the ignition into the “On” position and I can power the windows and stuff, however, if I try to start it, everything shuts down again until I “reset” it. Sometimes I can hear the solenoid click, but only after the car has reset. I checked and all the fuses appear to be intact. Also, jump-starting did no good either.

My guesses are: 1) it’s a problem with the solenoid, 2) it’s a problem with the starter, 3) it’s a problem with the ignition, 4) there’s a broken “fusible link” somewhere, 5) broken relay, and/or 6) there’s a short somewhere else. #4 has happened with this car before, as has #3, albeit the symptoms were different (the cylinder for the key was physically broken in that case), #2 happened with my first car (Taurus), and the others are all likely because my car has always a weak electrical system.

Any mechanics out there? =(

Old Webcam Pics

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Just for fun, I’ve revived my old web cam pics from days gone by here at ChrisWeb. This just further proves that I have no shame.

These were taken from about 2002 to 2003.

On Fire

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Once again, our state is on fire, this time fairly close by. Here’s a NASA image from last Sunday morning:

Fire from space

Fire from space

The fire has more than doubled in size since this was taken, but we are still in no immediate danger here in North Hollywood.